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Warner Brothers 1988 Batman Preview Video

When Tim Burton’s Batman was being filmed, somewhat insulated from the media at Pinewood Studios, back home in the States the production was being slated. The Wall Street Journal reported that fans at conventions were booing the the casting choice of Michael Keaton as Batman. Adam West, TV’S 1960’s campy iteration, was insisting he should […]

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Batman – The Music

In 1988, Warner Brothers took a massive gamble and hired Tim Burton to bring Batman back to the big screen. What came out in 1989 was one of the biggest hits in history, and the score was surely just as responsible for its success. Brooding, dark, Gothic, majestic, booming, terrifying and one of the best […]

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Batman – The Car

The Batmobile is as much as an important character as Batman himself. Get it right and you have another lead in your movie that viewers can’t wait to see. Get it wrong and you have a dead weight bringing the whole film down (for example the disgusting toy advert in Batman & Robin). For Batman, Anton […]

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Dance with the Devil: Tim Burton’s Batman

Rising from the ashes of a camp legacy that had long “gone West”, Tim Burton’s Batman took The Caped Crusader into very dark territory – shades of blue and grey were replaced by shadows and smoke. Surfer guitar music was swapped out for themes of pure gothic horror, this was to be like nothing seen before, this was […]

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“I Got A Live One Here!” Prince And Batman

Prince had a sweet deal with his Batman tie-in album – asked aboard the Gotham gravy train by director Tim Burton to contribute a couple of background numbers, he ended up releasing a “music from and inspired by” album of nine tracks, without having to do the heavy lifting of scoring the drama and action […]

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Birdman Or (The Unexpected Vertigo Of One Seeming Take)

With Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) director  Alejandro G. Iñárritu seeks to examine, in a comedic “Noises off” way, the psyche of what it is to “act” – within a free flowing, fluid, seeming one-shot take that also touches on themes of validation, parenthood, criticism, stunt celebrity casting, virtues of stage vs screen, […]

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Batman – The Suit

An element that would have to be 100% full proof if Batman were to be taken seriously at all in Burton’s dark world, would be the suit. Batman had come a long way since 1966 and it was time to bring him into the 1980s and welcome him into the dark. The basic design of […]

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